Gatwick Airport expects to become Britain’s first carbon neutral airport by this spring.
The airport has joined the RE100 renewable electricity alliance – joining the likes of Ikea, Apple and BT among companies driving the corporate adoption of renewable energy sources.
With 80 per cent of its carbon footprint coming from energy consumption, Gatwick intends to offset its remaining emissions through investments in renewable energy programmes and continued investment in energy and fuel efficiency including the launch later this year of a waste plant heat generator for North Terminal. It has been purchasing 100 per cent renewable energy since 2013.
Chief executive Stewart Wingate, claimed that the airport’s emissions were now either at the same level or less than their 1990s totals despite the fact that passenger numbers have double.
He said: “The initiatives announced today are important milestones in Gatwick’s journey to become the UK’s most sustainable airport and one of the greenest in the world.
“We are serious about growing sustainably and we have some ambitious plans to develop in the most environmentally responsible way possible.”
The RE100 programme, which is is led by The Climate Group with CDP, includes 86 of the world’s biggest companies who combined create demand for 107TWh of renewable electricity a year – equivalent to the entire yearly demand of Holland in 2015.
Damian Ryan, acting chief executive at The Climate Group, welcomed Gatwick to the programme and said: “It is really encouraging to see companies such as Gatwick committing to bold climate action, helping us move towards a net zero-emissions economy.
“But we need to see faster progress. In order to deliver on the Paris Agreement and keep global warming well below two degrees, we need governments to remove policy barriers and create investment incentives that can provide easier access to renewable energy.
“And we need more business leaders to influence the usage of renewable power right along their supply chains.”